PSL bosses warned to resolve commission row
Posted: 21 November 2007 Time: 12:13 pm
No progress has been made in resolving the row surrounding the multi-million commission payouts to certain members of the Premier League and other officials linked to securing recent sponsorships for the top flight.
Yesterday executive members of the League met with the Ministry of Sport and judging from reports emanating from the meeting, the situation remains clouded as far as outsiders are concerned.
PSL chairman Irvin Khoza reiterated his stand that it had previously been agreed at the biennial general meeting of the NSL, the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the PSL that commission should be paid in respect of new sponsorship and that of broadcasting rights.
However, he told Parliamentary committee chairman Butana Komphela that there are still a few contractual matters to be sorted out.
Khoza did not raise the question of payments to former PSL boss Trevor Phillips or Peter Mancer, another member of the sponsorship negotiating team.
Ajax Cape Town boss John Comitis and Ezenkosi supremo Jomo Sono both told the Parliamentary gathering that they opposed the move.
While Sono urged that the focus should be on football and the national side, Comitis said he could not remain silent while money meant for football went to the pockets of certain individuals.
Comitis also stated, contrary to Khoza, that it was decided at a previous PSL meeting that executive members were not entitled to commissions that total around R70-million.
The debate ended with Komphela telling the soccer bosses that the Minister of Sport would intervene for the sake of the sport if they did sort out the matter and lay it to rest as soon as possible.